Page 3404 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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The Emergency Services Agency should comply with the Emergencies Act 2004 requirements for the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan by including in this Plan an explicit statement of all resources needed to meet the objectives of the Plan.

It is not a year from now. It is not in the next one. It is now. You should comply with the law now. I thank Mr Rattenbury for his support.

Motion agreed to.


MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government has taken an ad hoc approach to planning;

(b) the Territory Plan is excessively complex and is stifling appropriate development, innovation and investment in Canberra;

(c) there is a lack of confidence in the planning system by residents, builders, planners and industry groups;

(d) Variation 306 has been destructive for the building and property sectors;

(e) there has been a lack of planning clarity with regard to development in the city such that the city is being drawn in all directions:

(i) to the west with City West, New Acton and the ANU Exchange developments;

(ii) to the north with redevelopment in Braddon;

(iii) to the south with the City to the Lake proposal; and

(iv) to the east with Draft Variation 308;

(f) funding has been provided through the Commonwealth Government’s “Liveable Cities Program” to develop a City Plan yet significant planning decisions have been made in the interim; and

(g) the ACT Government failed to sell Denman Prospect and as such, the ACT Government will be developing the site; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) undertake a thorough review of the Territory Plan with a view to simplifying the document and making the Plan more accessible and comprehensible;

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